Social media and the internet are both very tricky places to navigate. It’s crazy and it will drive you crazy if you allow it. From anti-vaxxers to Flat-Earthers, it has all kinds of scum. That said, there are some decent people on Earth and sometimes they come together on social media to do good things.
1. Twitter helps reunite Brianna Cry with her childhood friend Heidi. The two had met on a cruise 10 years prior to this tweet by Cry, where she shared a photo and said that they were best friends for the night.
Cry wanted Twitter to find Heidi for her and guess what…
Heard you were looking for me~ pic.twitter.com/Dz4z1wapRv— heidi (@adelheid_jpg) November 24, 2018
2. Following Trump’s immigration policy that separated thousands of families, hundreds of people found a way to reunite some of these families due to this one viral tweet.
Jeff Wilensky heard about a three-year-old immigrant child and his father in need of a flight from Ann Arbor, Michigan where he was detained. He then found out that he could donate his extra miles to help them reunite. Later, his wife, Beth posted about the incident on Twitter.
My husband travels a lot. Downside: he’s gone a lot. Upside: frequent flyer miles. We just used some to fly a 3-yr-old and his dad, who had been separated at the border, from Michigan (where the son had been taken) to their extended family. DM me if you have miles to donate.— Beth Wilensky (@bethwilensky) August 6, 2018
Soon, the tweet went viral and hundreds of other people joined in to help.
3. Twitter came together to help a 12-year-old reunite with his parents during the immigration crisis in the country brought upon by the sudden lockdown in March 2020.
The 12-year old’s parents were migrants from Bihar visiting their hometown before the lockdown, leaving him with their relatives. However, they got stuck in Bihar due to the lockdown and their son in New Delhi with their relatives. Soon after a family dispute between the relatives and the boy’s parents resulted in the child being thrown out of the house and having to find shelter in a park in Dwarka.
It was a Twitter user named Sneha who finally helped the child reunite with his parents by tweeting his disheartening story.
Magic of Twitter. A short story.— Arun Bothra 🇮🇳 (@arunbothra) May 23, 2020
A migrant couple staying in Delhi left for their home in Bihar before the lockdown. They left their 12 years old child with a relative. But the family soon threw him out. With nowhere to go the child moved to a park in Dwarka and stayed there… pic.twitter.com/Gk1QxYb25I
@Sanjay97odisha arranged for their travel to Patna. @indiacares_2020 arranged the tickets. The family reached Delhi today morning and met the child in the park.— Arun Bothra 🇮🇳 (@arunbothra) May 23, 2020
Moral of the story: You may not have money or position to help people but tagging someone on Twitter is easy & free 😊 pic.twitter.com/IoHhcIrlWM
4. Irish Rail sent a “Lost dog!” tweet with a photo attachment after a Jack Russell Terrier arrived on a train from rural Kilcock, County Kildare. Patch had gone missing the night before in Kilcock, 30 kilometres west of Dublin.
Within 30 minutes of the tweet and the 500 retweets that followed, Patch’s photo found its way to its owner, Dierdre Anglin, who was eventually reunited with her dog.
Here are the both of them reunited!
5. Nobody who was in the national capital during the 2nd wave will ever forget when Twitter went into overdrive to help people with hospitals, ambulances, medicines and oxygen cylinders to name a few.
Thank you everyone.— Jeevika (@jeevika_shiv) April 16, 2021
The patient finally got admitted to Rajiv Gandhi early today morning and found an oxygen bed due to support from you all.
While many people did receive help, most didn’t. There is only so much, individual citizens can do.
6. On most days, Twitter’s a bad place. On some other days, it comes together to celebrate the birthday of a 6-year old.
Sil Mazzini, Teddy’s mother, invited 32 of his classmates to Peter Piper Pizza in Tucson, Arizona, for her son’s birthday party. Unfortunately, nobody showed up
When the news went viral, everyone, from common people to celebrities to his favourite teams, everyone came together to wish him.
7. Twitter also helped this Malaysian woman who had been adopted as a kid reunite with her long lost siblings.
On August 5, 2019, Twitter user Siti Nurhafizah took to the platform in an attempt to find her long lost siblings from Pahang, Malaysia. She said:
Helloo!! I’m trying to find/locate my long lost siblings in Malaysia, Pahang. The last time I met them was when I was 8. I have their address but I don’t think they’re still staying there. My oldest sister should be 24 years old, my second sister 23.
Nurhafizah’s tweet soon went viral and half a day later, Twitter user Elyna stepped replied to her:
Can i just call you adik ? Im shaking rn . Izit u ? Im Ellina . Am i your sister ?? 😭😢 https://t.co/CaErE8CDNL— Elyna (@elynananana) August 6, 2019
Ellina explained that Nurhafizah was sent to Singapore to live with a foster family when she was just 9 and that her siblings had been trying to find her for about 10 years. But they were all reunited with each other within 24 hours of that first tweet.
8. Twitter helped Kamala Gupta, a woman with Alzheimer’s reunite with her family.
North Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police Madhur Verma had tweeted this photo of 80-year-old Kamla Gupta, who was lost and was unable to remember any details of her family.
Smt Kamla Gupta, 80..found in Ashok Vihar..unable to recall her address. If u identify pls contact PS Ashok Vihar. pic.twitter.com/o0A7uFRCJ0— Madhur Verma (@IPSMadhurVerma) January 31, 2016
This was retweeted hundreds of times before Twitter user Vishal Jain got in contact with Gupta’s family.
@DCP_North_Delhi where to contact…her family members r searching in patel nagar….pleas reply urgently— dili_ka_mogli (@urban_mogli) January 31, 2016
Following this, Gupta was finally reunited with her family.
Mrs Gupta identified!— Madhur Verma (@IPSMadhurVerma) January 31, 2016
Thanks to all of you including @urban_mogli. 👏 I’ve talked to her family members in Patel Nagar.They r about to reach.
9. When Twitter came together to stand up with a kid who was bullied at school by his friends.
Keaton Jones’ mother Kimberly shared a video of an emotional Keaton discussing the various awful ways he’s been bullied at school.
Once the video went viral, everyone, from us commoners to celebrities flocked to Keaton’s side.
I #StandwithKeaton. Keaton baby, just know you’re not alone. There are so many people who come out of bullying so much stronger and you will be one of them!! God bless you sweetheart. https://t.co/LdCAy2lDHu— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 11, 2017
Even Captain America came on board.
Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year? https://t.co/s1QwCQ3toi— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 10, 2017
10. No matter how shit the world gets, it’s always good to see people come together to help kids out.
Twitter user @Hopenlesmyth asked his followers if they knew anybody famous to wish his bullied son a Happy Birthday, he couldn’t have expected to see messages from Hollywood stars. But, that’s what happens when you go viral!
Hey Ollie, heard it was your birthday. 9 years old eh? Congratulations, Happy Birthday !!— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 29, 2017
The internet’s not that bad a place sometimes. I mean, it’s generally a cesspool of toxicity but sometimes, it’s nice.